About Gabriel Hougher


This space is dedicated to growing towards greater states of achievement, personal freedom, harmony, and most of all, fulfillment. The discussion is about the implementation of all the different tools for self-awareness, taking responsibility, and kicking ass on the field. Some of my favorite hashtags include #Shadow-Work, #Strategic-Planning, #Inquiry, #Depth-Psychology, #The-Work, #Immunity-To-Change, #The-Empowerment-Dynamic.

I come from a lifelong background of self-development. I am passionate about progress and freedom in all areas of life: professional, financial, relational, psychological, and spiritual. I captain private jets, I invest in real estate, and I coach people towards having both professional and personal success. If you want to read further, there’s a longer “about me” below. Thanks!


Core Roots

As a child, I was introduced to the idea of personal enlightenment in personal growth. When I was 5 years old, I was taught meditation by my father, and I attended a school where, in addition to all the normal subjects, we practiced meditation every day and studied the science and philosophy of the cosmos and our relationship to it. The two main principles of life that I learned were that “we are here to enjoy” and “the nature of life is to grow.” These two principles are the armature of my compass in life. My family lived in a small town in Iowa, where I was born and where there was a sizable community dedicated to awakening. Thousands of people from around the world came there to practice Transcendental Meditation and to steep themselves in Eastern life philosophy.

Many Paths

When I finished high school, I longed for new perspective and left my hometown to go to the University of Iowa and study business. I quickly found that I had a hard time relating to other students because it was clear that we didn’t share outlooks on life. I thought the other students weren’t interested in self-actualization. After a year of college and being signed up for the Marine Corps, I dropped out of both and left for a meditation retreat. During the retreat, I began to see life in a completely different way, no longer just something that I fit into with limited options for living a fulfilling life. Within two days of this personal breakthrough, there was a corresponding breakthrough in my life. Out of nowhere, I was offered a position to fly a private jet. I wasn’t qualified for the position and didn't even have the requisite training, but I went through intensive flight training and started to live a charmed life. The next several years, I flew around North and Central America, sailed on private sailboats in the Caribbean, snowboarded in Vail, and sat on the beach in California. It was a beautiful life, yet there was something missing for me. What was missing was growth. I even started and ran a nationwide company for two years, but I longed to get back to my roots.

Full Circle

There was an opportunity to become a teacher of Transcendental Meditation but I had to go through one of the most rigorous training of any meditation technique. I spent over 5 months in isolation from the outside world in deep meditation with intensive training and study. After, I went to San Francisco to teach meditation in middle school and work with students on a daily basis. The goals of the initiative I worked on were to increase the students’ performance in academics and improve their emotional and psychological well-being. The project was wildly successful and still is.

Enlightened Entrepreneur

After two years of being a broke teacher, though, I took a position flying airliners for three years, while I continued to teach meditation part-time. For the last 10 years I’ve been the aviation department manager of a corporate flight operation, in addition to being a captain of a private jet. When I'm not in the air, I own and manage roughly 20 houses and apartments that I rent out. I invest in startup companies as well. And finally, of course, I work with people formally in a coaching capacity.   My life’s focus has always been about personal development. For the first 30 years of my life, it was strictly spiritual development, but in the last 10 years I've incorporated psychological development as well. Specifically, I've worked with shadow work, Men's Work, the work of Byron Katie, Landmark Forum, nonviolent communication, organizational development, and strategic planning.
I've worked with executives at technology companies, business owners, educators, musicians, and farmers. Together we’ve worked on their development as people and professionals, with the goal of having a fulfilling impact on the success of their lives and businesses. At times this development appears to be psychological, at other times spiritual. But I've come to realize that the only difference between the two is that of perspective and lingo. Although my passions and areas of focus have changed over the decades, I’ve always been grounded in these two principles: “we are here to enjoy” and “the nature of life is to grow.”


"Gabriel has a way of listening, inquiring, and offering that opens me up to the depth and subtlety of my inner life -- which I often find difficult to name on my own. In so doing, this coaching provides me access to inner resources I never knew I had."

Chris M.


"Gabriel’s years of experience as a professional pilot and lifelong practice of meditation combine perfectly to help me navigate the inner and outer dimensions of my own personal hero’s journey. Whether you are an individual contributor, team leader, or executive, Gabriel has the toolkits that will help you perform at the next level."

Nathanael C.

Founder & CEO of Palæstra Leadership

"I had the very good fortune of working with Gabriel as a personal coach. He helped me to identify some deep-rooted patterns that had been playing out in my personal and professional life in areas where I was completely stuck. Within the first session of working together I gained insights into the root causes of these problems that had been totally blind to me for decades. Gabriel provided me with tools and insight to learn to engage with these very sensitive aspects of my psychology. I learned to be an ally to these aspects of my internal workings that had long been neglected for so long. In short, Gabriel is highly skilled in gifted at the art of personal transformation and the effects are long-lasting and sustainable."

Shane Z.


"My coaching work with Gabe has and continues to be extremely productive; from focusing on improving my creative output to exploring emotional patterns that impact my relationships and ability to remain present in my pursuits. The insights that I’ve obtained from our work together are invaluable and are playing a major role in accelerating my personal growth."

Jake T.


"My coaching sessions with Gabe have been one of the very best growth experiences I've enjoyed. Gabe's gentle but powerful style allowed me to recognize and face deep patterns I'd overlooked or struggled to deal with previously. He introduced me to several great techniques and gave me what I needed to continue to use those techniques on my own. Gabe truly cares about helping people learn to help themselves and he has the knowledge, skills, and desire to do so. He doesn't just give you a fish. "

Stephen K.

"Gabe is an excellent coach.  He is patient, attentive, and asks questions that have led me to see which actions need priority, and which actions will create the most traction in my business.  I highly recommend him as a coach."

Simeon B.

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